The New York Giants concluded the third day of training camp on Thursday, fortunately bringing fewer injuries and yet another look into how the offense might look under new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo. Check out the tweets below for a glimpse into everything that happened in the Meadowlands on Day 3.
The new offense
Mathias Kiwanuka on practicing against the new Giants offense: "I'm still waiting for them to call a huddle in practice."— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN) July 24, 2014
More Kiwi on the Giants offense: "The intention of this offense is to create chaos."— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN) July 24, 2014
Rashad Jennings said the hurry-up offense is like staring at a ceiling fan -- the more you focus on it, the more it slows down.— Tom Rock (@TomRock_Newsday) July 24, 2014
Rueben Randle said 80% of INTs thrown in his direction last year were due to miscommunication. Thinks all can be eliminated in new offense.— Tom Rock (@TomRock_Newsday) July 24, 2014
Also, Giants only took one deep shot that I counted yesterday, Manning incomplete to Holliday. West Coast conversion is complete.— Ebenezer Samuel (@ebenezersamuel) July 24, 2014
Rashad Jennings: "WE have the capability to run our whole offense through the no-huddle."— Ebenezer Samuel (@ebenezersamuel) July 24, 2014
Poor Kevin Gilbride. Adrien Robinson on 2014 O: "Completely different .Two different offenses. And I like this one."— Ebenezer Samuel (@ebenezersamuel) July 24, 2014
Get the gist yet? The West Coast approach favored by McAdoo will limit the deep passing attack favored by Kevin Gilbride, instead focusing on shorter, quicker throws. That aspect of speed and timing is particularly intriguing; it will be fascinating to see how Eli Manning responds to more no-huddle and faster-paced looks. Perhaps we'll see more of that "clutch (*groan*), two-minute drill Manning.
One thing that will certainly help Manning and the rest of the offense is a healthy, productive Odell Beckham Jr. The first-round draft pick has been sidelined by a sore hamstring issue. As you'd expect, Tom Coughlin isn't happy.
TC getting frustrated with Beckham's injury. Maybe Beckham is Beckum.— Tom Rock (@TomRock_Newsday) July 24, 2014
TC on Beckham: "I don’t want it to be like it was in the spring. We need to get the guy back out here and get him back on the field."— Tom Rock (@TomRock_Newsday) July 24, 2014
That marks a second straight day of grumpy Coughlin quotes regarding Beckham, and you can hardly tell the difference between those and Wednesday's.
"Who knows how long. You talk about hamstrings," said an obviously disappointed Coughlin. "Don't ask me. I have no idea."
One more thing that would bode well for the success of the new offense? A breakout contributor among a group of underwhelming-on-paper tight ends.
Coughlin didn't name a fave for TE battle. Said day-to-day different guys stand out. Only player he singled out? Larry Donnell for Wednesday— Ebenezer Samuel (@ebenezersamuel) July 24, 2014
Other interesting depth chart notes: Brandon Mosley as the first-team RG. Larry Donnell as the 1st TE and Adrien Robinson as ... the fifth?— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN) July 24, 2014
Yep, that's right. The first Giants depth chart of the spring was released Thursday...
Depth chart observations
Here it is. Ed's working on a more in-depth look at it, so without stealing his spotlight, here are some surprises:
- Yes, Donnell is listed as the No. 1 tight end. Yes, Robinsin is No. 5. In between them, in order, are Daniel Fells, undrafted free agent Xavier Grimble and Kellen Davis. Robinson and Davis both share the "Other" column that comes after the third team. It's still only July, but it's nice to see Davis get some props from Coughlin (a moderate amount, at least). It's also somewhat troubling to see Robinson listed so low entering his third year in the NFL.
- Devon Kennard is the lone rookie starter. The fifth-round draft pick is listed as the starting strong-side linebacker in place of the injured Jon Beason and joins Jameel McClain (middle) Jacquian Williams (weak-side) as the other starting linebackers.
- Kudos to Giants.com's Dan Salomone for pointing this out: eight offseason acquisitions are among the 28 starters (counting special teams): left guard Geoff Schwartz, center J.D. Walton, running back Rashad Jennings, Kennard, McClain, cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, kick returner Quintin Demps and punt returner Trindon Holliday.
- David Wilson, back in action is listed as the No. 2 running back behind Jennings. Peyton Hillis is listed third, while Andre Williams, Kendall Gaskins and Michael Cox are all lumped in the "Other" column. I still have high hopes for Williams. Perhaps he won't gain significant playing time as a rookie, but I think his skill set will make him a solid NFL back before long.
Jason Pierre-Paul contract stuff
How's this for an unsettling quote?
JPP on his future in Giants-land: "I'm not gonna lie. Seeing Tuck gone or whatever, you know, it's on my mind a little bit."— Ebenezer Samuel (@ebenezersamuel) July 24, 2014
Sure, JPP is coming off a disappointing, injury-shortened season. But now we have his contract status lingering as his free agency approaches next March. At least he says he's stronger and feeling 110 percent. Here's his full quote, too:
"I'm not going to lie. Seeing [Justin] Tuck go, it's on my mind a little bit," Pierre-Paul said about his contract situation Thursday morning. "But honestly, I think I'm going to be here next year, because I know how I play and what kind of game I bring when I'm on the field. And I'm pretty sure everybody around here knows it, too."